Table-topping Poppies haven't got going yet, says boss Law

Marcus Law applauds the travelling fans after Kettering Town sealed a 3-0 victory at St Neots Town. Pictures by Peter Short
Marcus Law applauds the travelling fans after Kettering Town sealed a 3-0 victory at St Neots Town. Pictures by Peter Short

Marcus Law watched his Kettering Town team move five points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central and then warned: “We don’t even feel like we have got going yet.”

The Poppies claimed their eighth win from nine league matches so far this season with a 3-0 success at St Neots Town.

Rhys Hoenes converted a penalty to put the Poppies 2-0 up

Rhys Hoenes converted a penalty to put the Poppies 2-0 up

After a goalless first half, Kettering opened the scoring thanks to Brett Solkhon’s penalty and they rounded things off in the final 10 minutes when Rhys Hoenes converted another spot-kick before Marcus Kelly wrapped it up.

It’s been an impressive start from Law’s team who will be hoping to maintain their good form when they head to Tamworth on Tuesday.

And the manager believes there is more to come from his table-topping team.

“We didn’t play particularly well but what we are doing well is staying in games and grinding things out and that’s what happened again,” Law said.

Marcus Kelly takes the congratulations after scoring Kettering's third goal at St Neots

Marcus Kelly takes the congratulations after scoring Kettering's third goal at St Neots

“We eventually asked questions and when we got our opportunities, we took them.

“It was always going to be a game of two halves with the wind being such a key factor and I have to give St Neots credit because they controlled a lot of the game.

“But when it came to clear shots on goal and opportunities created, I think our stats were slightly better.

“We have a defensive unit that is giving very little away and we are being clinical with our chances at the other end and when you have that balance, it brings rewards.

“It’s a pleasing victory but we don’t even feel like we have got going yet.

“And we feel we have the personnel to come back that will help us kick on even further.”

The Poppies have now scored 11 penalties this season with Solkhon having hit the target seven times from 12 yards and Hoenes scoring the other four.

And once again, Law insisted there could be few arguments about the penalty decisions in their latest outing.

“They were penalties and the referee had no choice but to award them,” he added.

“People will always question who it is who is winning the penalties and it’s not always the same player but what people should be questioning is the way they are defending.

“Once again, the penalties were clear and we have someone in Brett who is, touch wood, doing well with them and even when he went off, Rhys has stepped up to score another one.”